Fearing cyberattacks, Iranian oil terminal taken offline

Fearing cyberattacks, Iranian oil terminal taken offline

Khark Island, central to Iran’s exporting of oil, is now disconnected from the Internet

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semiofficial news agency reported Monday that the country has disconnected its main crude oil terminal from the Internet to avoid being attacked by computer malware.

The report from Mehr says the export terminal in Khark Island and other oil facilities came under attack from malware and hackers but continued their work as usual. It did not provide further details.

It said the oil ministry and other related agencies were also disconnected from the Internet.

Iran says it is in a technological “soft war” with Israel and the West that includes cyberattacks.

Some 80 percent of Iran’s daily 2.2 million barrels of crude export is transferred through Khark Island, located off its southern coast.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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